2022 Arizona governor's race: The candidates

By Rocio Hernandez, Ben Giles
Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 2:08pm
Updated: Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 2:15pm

Here are the candidates who have declared their candidacy for Arizona governor in the 2022 race so far. 

Gov. Doug Ducey's second term ends in 2023, and Arizona state law bars him from serving more than two consecutive terms. 

Steve Gaynor

Steve Gaynor
Steve Gaynor
Steve Gaynor

Party: Republican

Website: gaynorforgovernor.com

Steve Gaynor, a Republican businessman who ran unsuccessfully for Arizona secretary of state in 2018, announced Friday he’s running for governor on June 25, 2021.

Gaynor announced his bid in a letter to Republicans, which highlighted border security, election integrity, water supplies, education and “critical race theory,” a catch-all phrase gaining popularity with conservative opposed to certain kinds of diversity training.

The self-proclaimed political outsider lists his stances on his campaign website, which include securing the border, pro-gun rights and supporting law enforcement.

Katie Hobbs

Katie Hobbs
Scotty Kirby
Katie Hobbs

Party: Democrat

Website: katiehobbs.org

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, announced June 2, 2021, she is running for governor in 2022.

In her launch video she broadly lists some of her goals, like rebuilding the post pandemic economy, investing in healthcare and schools, plus fighting gender, racial and class discrimination.

She also accuses the current Republican state leaders of political posturing and offering conspiracy theories referring to the controversial Maricopa County ballot audit.

"I am running for Governor to deliver transparency, accountability, and results for Arizonans, just like I have done my whole career,” Hobbs said in a release. “Right now, our state government is being run by conspiracy theorists who are more focused on political posturing than getting things done, and that needs to change. As Governor, I will do what I have always done: Put aside our differences and work to solve the serious problems facing Arizona.”

The Arizona Senate’s audit of election results in Maricopa County was launched as supporters of former President Donald Trump suggested without evidence that the election was stolen, giving President Joe Biden a narrow win in Arizona.

Kari Lake

Kari Lake
Kari Lake for Arizona/YouTube
Kari Lake

Party: Republican

Website: karilake.com

Former television anchor Kari Lake has jumped into politics.

After 22 years at FOX 10, Lake left the Phoenix station in March, bashing the media on her way out for what she described as a lack of balanced coverage.

She’s since delved into the far-right movement of the Republican Party, aligning herself with members of the Stop the Steal movement and QAnon. It’s a continuation of a trend that began while she was still an anchor, including an incident when she shared a debunked video about COVID-19.

On June 1, 2021, Lake launched a “Kari Lake for Governor” website counting down to the Arizona primary election in August 2022. The website does not state her party affiliation, but it briefly featured a picture of Lake with former President Donald Trump, a Republican.

Lake later filed a statement of interest with the Secretary of State's Office to run in the GOP gubernatorial primary.

Aaron Lieberman

Aaron Lieberman
Aaron for Arizona
Aaron Lieberman

Party: Democrat

Websiteaaron4az.com

Rep. Aaron Lieberman announced Tuesday he's running for Arizona governor, becoming the third major Democrat to seek the state's highest office.

The Paradise Valley lawmaker founded two organizations focused on early childhood education before being elected to the Legislature in 2018. He’s developed a reputation as a moderate during two terms in the House.

In an announcement video, Lieberman presents himself as an entrepreneur and pragmatic problem solver.

“When we turn the page on this pandemic, let’s turn the page on our politics too,” Lieberman says in the video.

Marco Lopez

Marco Lopez
López for Governor
Marco Lopez

Party: Democrat

Website: marcolopez.com

Marco Lopez, who was one of the youngest people ever elected mayor of a U.S. city and rose rapidly to a senior position in President Barack Obama's administration, announced March 16, 2021, that he is running for governor of Arizona.

Lopez is the first of what is likely to be a crowded field of candidates looking to replace Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.

“My message is very simple — if we have healthy families, good education and quality jobs, Arizona thrives,” Lopez told the Associated Press. “Sadly, that’s not the case for many, many families in the state today.”

Jorge Rivas

Party: Republican

Website: Unknown

A Tucson restaurant owner who made headlines for his support of former President Donald Trump on the campaign trail last year is now running for higher office.

Jorge Rivas, who owns Sammy’s Mexican Grill in Catalina, told the Arizona Capitol Times he’s a better option in the Republican primary for governor than the five candidates who’ve already entered the fray.

The first-time candidate will be counting on the publicity he garnered for backing Trump. Rivas said his restaurant was the target of bad reviews after he attended a Trump rally in Phoenix last year. Trump caught wind of the story and tweeted support for Rivas’ restaurant during his campaign.

Karrin Taylor Robson

Karrin Taylor Robson
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Karrin Taylor Robson

Party: Republican

Website: karrinforarizona.com

Arizona Board of Regents member Karrin Taylor Robson announced May 17, 2021, she’s running for governor.

Robson identities herself on her campaign website as a conservative leader and successful business leader.

She’s committed to protecting Arizona from the “radical left,” she said on her website. Taylor Robson also plans to focus on building and sustaining a dynamic and diverse economy, protecting property values and supporting the military.  

Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon
Matt Salmon for Arizona
Matt Salmon.

Party: Republican

Websitemattsalmonforaz.com

Former U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon announced Wednesday that he is running for governor of Arizona, a post he narrowly lost 18 years ago to Democrat Janet Napolitano.

Salmon, a Republican, served in the Arizona Legislature before winning three terms in Congress in the 1990s. Salmon ended his congressional tenure to follow a pledge that he would serve only three terms.

He went on to run for governor in 2002, worked as a lobbyist and served two more terms in Congress from 2013 through 2016.

In a video announcing his entry into the governor’s race, Salmon touted his conservative views, such as supporting gun rights and strong border security and opposing critical race theory and tax hikes.

Kimberly Yee

kimberly yee
Arizona Treasurer's Office
Kimberly Yee

Party: Republican

Website: kimberlyyee.com

Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee announced May 17, 2021, that she’s running for governor.

“I’m running for governor to put Arizona first, to ensure our children have the same opportunities and freedoms my family found here, and that starts with securing our southern border,” Yee said in a statement announcing her candidacy. 

Yee’s also a West Valley small-business owner and strong supporter of former President Donald Trump. The new Republican gubernatorial candidate’s platform includes border and election security, according to her website. 

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